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Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, commenting on reports that Theresa May may use Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 without parliament, said:

“Those commentators who argue that the Prime Minister should circumvent a parliamentary vote and use the Royal Prerogative to leave the EU should consider what constitutional precedent they seek to invoke.

Barry responds to reports that Prime Minister may trigger Article 50 without Parliament

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, commenting on reports that Theresa May may use Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50... Read more

Over 54,000 people were accepted as homeless and in 'priority need' in 2014/2015 - an increase of 36% since 2009/10; the number of children in temporary accommodation stood at over 100,000 at the end of 2015, up more than 50% compared to the same point in 2010; and rough sleeping has doubled since David Cameron became Prime Minister, rising from 1,768 in 2010 to 3,569 in 2015.

In response to funding to help homelessness announced in the 03/16 Budget, Labour stated: 'this is not new money and even if the funds are provided in full it will recover only £1 in every £9 the Chancellor is set to strip from homelessness hostels and other specialist housing in further cuts to housing benefit support announced in the Autumn Statement'. Barry sets out his position below. 

Barry calls government record on homelessness "shameful"

Over 54,000 people were accepted as homeless and in 'priority need' in 2014/2015 - an increase of 36% since 2009/10; the number of children in temporary accommodation stood at over... Read more

A number of concerned constituents have written in about the use of wild animals in circuses. Labour has repeatedly called for the government to introduce a ban and have pointed out that 'this is a reform backed by the vast majority of the British people and already supported in a vote of the House of Commons'. Barry sets out his opinion below:


Wild Animals in Circuses

A number of concerned constituents have written in about the use of wild animals in circuses. Labour has repeatedly called for the government to introduce a ban and have pointed... Read more

In 2009 'Israeli authorities approved plans to use the land' of Um al-Hiran 'to build a Jewish community'. However, Human Rights Watch states that 'Israel relocated the villagers' to Um al-Hiran 'under a 1956 agreement permitting them to live there in exchange for them dropping claims to land from which they say Israeli forces expelled them in 1948'. In May 2015 the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that 'the land belongs to the state and that it is entitled to withdraw permission for Um al-Hiran inhabitants to live there'. In January 2016 the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a 'final' attempt to block the demolition of Um al-Hiran. Barry sets out his position to constituents who wrote in about this issue below:

Barry on the demolition of Palestinian villages

In 2009 'Israeli authorities approved plans to use the land' of Um al-Hiran 'to build a Jewish community'. However, Human Rights Watch states that 'Israel relocated the villagers' to Um... Read more

Microbeads are usually smaller than 5mm, making them small enough to go down plugholes and pass water filtration systems and Greenpeace state that scientific research is continuing to find examples of plastic inside all kinds of sea-life and they are being consumed by humans through toothpaste or seafood that has ingested them. Barry sets out his position below:

Barry on plastic microbeads

Microbeads are usually smaller than 5mm, making them small enough to go down plugholes and pass water filtration systems and Greenpeace state that scientific research is continuing to find examples... Read more

The percentage of the adult population using e-cigarettes has increased from 0.5% in 2011 to 5.5% in 2015. Recent studies suggest e-cigarettes can be at least as effective as nicotine patches or gum in helping to stop or reduce smoking . In 08/15, Public Health England published evidence indicating e-cigarettes are "95% safer than smoking", pose "no risk of nicotine poisoning", and release "negligible amounts" of nicotine into the environment. Barry sets out his position below:

Barry on e-cigarettes

The percentage of the adult population using e-cigarettes has increased from 0.5% in 2011 to 5.5% in 2015. Recent studies suggest e-cigarettes can be at least as effective as nicotine... Read more

 From 1 April 2016 the prescription charge rose by 20p from £8.20 to £8.40 'for each medicine or appliance dispensed'. Barry sets out his position below:

Barry on the increase in prescription charges

 From 1 April 2016 the prescription charge rose by 20p from £8.20 to £8.40 'for each medicine or appliance dispensed'. Barry sets out his position below: Read more

The Government have announced reductions in funding of more than 6% (£168 million) to Pharmacies, which is expected to take effect from October 2016. The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said the cuts represent a "financial blow to community pharmacy", and described the decision by the Department of Health to publish the letter as "unprecedented", and in "stark contrast to the secrecy that the NHS has always insisted on for negotiations in the past." Barry sets out his position below. 

Pharmacy Funding

The Government have announced reductions in funding of more than 6% (£168 million) to Pharmacies, which is expected to take effect from October 2016. The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said the cuts... Read more

Barry in the chamber

At last week's oral questions on Energy and Climate Change in the House of Commons, Barry pressed the government to account for how its policy decisions had led to an undermining of investor confidence, as detailed in the Select Committee on Energy & Climate Change's latest report

Barry presses Government on investor confidence slump in energy sector

At last week's oral questions on Energy and Climate Change in the House of Commons, Barry pressed the government to account for how its policy decisions had led to an...

The Investigatory Powers Bill is a Government Bill intended to 'provide a new framework to govern the use and oversight of investigatory powers by law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies'. Many constituents have written in concerned that the new Bill will infringe upon their right to privacy. Barry sets out his opinion below. 

Investigatory Powers Bill

The Investigatory Powers Bill is a Government Bill intended to 'provide a new framework to govern the use and oversight of investigatory powers by law enforcement and the security and... Read more

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